State pension non-contributory - SW116


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Your pension is made up of a personal rate for you and additional payments for a qualified adult and child(ren). You will get the maximum personal rate of State pension non-contributory if your weekly means are €30 or less.

  Who is a qualified adult?

In general, a qualified adult is your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant. You may get an increase in pension for them as long as they are not getting a social welfare payment in their own right, except Carer’s Allowance (where different arrangements apply).
An increase for a qualified adult is graduated in line with your personal rate of pension.

Since September 2007, by law we pay the increase for a qualified adult directly to the spouse, civil partner or cohabitant concerned unless they specify that it can be paid to you.  
On reaching age 66 the increase for a qualified adult will automatically cease and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant will be invited to apply for State pension non-contributory in their own right. Alternatively, if your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant has been employed or self-employed, they may qualify for a State Pension (Contributory) at age 66.

  Who is a qualified child?

A qualified child is any child up to age 18, who normally lives with and is being supported by you, or up to age 22 if they are in full-time education by day.

A child who is age 18 or over and is normally living with you is also considered your qualified child for the 3 month period after they leave second level education or complete the Leaving Certificate exam.

If you qualify for an increase for a qualified adult for your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, you will get the full rate increase for a qualified child.

If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting a social welfare payment in their own right, they will get half the increase for a qualified child appropriate to their payment and you will get half the increase for a qualified child on your pension.
You cannot get an increase for a qualified child if the child is getting a social welfare payment in their own right.

Last modified:14/06/2019
 

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